Guided Tours for Students

Show your students the past on a guided tour of a Salt Lake City landmark.

Preservation Utah offers guided tours of the Kearns (Utah Governor's) Mansion and the Salt Lake City and County Building designed especially for students. Our friendly docents will help your students uncover the past on these interactive tours.

The Kearns (Utah Governor's) Mansion

Thomas and Jennie Kearns spared no expense in building their spectacular home on fashionable South Temple Street. The Kearns Mansion became the dazzling center of elite social life in early 20th-century Utah. It boasted a ballroom, two parlors, a billiard room, and even a bowling alley. Walking into the mansion today, it's easy to imagine the rustle of ball gowns and music drifting down from the orchestra on the third floor.

During the Kearns Mansion tour, students learn to “read” the mansion and unlock the “mystery history” of the people who lived and worked there. This discovery-oriented tour also explores basic architectural concepts and the mansion's world-class restoration after a fire in 1993. Please note, the tour includes the mansion's first floor and exterior. You can download a copy of  the Kearns Mansion Mystery History Guide  to help your students prepare for the tour.

Preservation Utah also offers a self-guided walking tour brochure of South Temple Street that can be used in conjunction with the Kearns Mansion tour. The Time Travel on South Temple brochure is helpful for large groups that require two tour slots. While half the group is in the mansion, the other half can be touring South Temple. The walking tour is also a great complement to the architecture lessons in the Kearns Mansion Mystery History Teacher's Guide. See the description of Time Travel on South Temple, download a copy, and get more information on requesting this resource.

Kearns Mansion 2018 Tour Schedule and Details

School tours: School tours will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays September 4th through November 15th between 10:00-12:00. Please call Laura at 801-533-0858 ext. 104 for more information.
Length of School Tour: one hour
Suggested Audience for School Tour: fourth through seventh grades
Number of Students: twenty maximum per tour
Address: 603 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City 

The Salt Lake City and County Building

The Salt Lake City and County Building is rich with Utah history. Its past includes the Utah State Constitutional Convention, state-of-the-art nineteenth-century technology, a secret prisoner transport system, and circus parades. Today the building is recognized internationally for the base isolation system that will protect it in an earthquake.

The City and County Building tour begins in the basement with the base isolators and ends in the clock tower high above. Students learn how the building's history and architecture have made it a symbol for Salt Lake City . Preservation Utah will send a copy of Symbol of the City: The City and County Building Teacher's Guide to help you prepare your students for the tour.

City and County Building Tour Details & Schedule

Dates Available: Weekdays only, year round.
Times Available: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Length of Tour: one hour
Suggested Audience: third through seventh grades
Number of Students: twenty five maximum per tour
Address: 451 S. State Street, Salt Lake City

Free Public Tours of the City and County Building run every Monday June through August at noon. Reservations are required.